So you decided to setup your own delegate to support the network and earn rewards? Great! This article will help you to choose your server.
Compared to PoW mining (Bitcoin), which requires extreme hardware and cheap energy to make a profit, dPoS (Shift) focuses on uptime, bandwidth and memory.
For a reliable payment network it is necessary to have multiple nodes running that come close to a 100% uptime. Together they keep the network up and running. This comes with some expenses, which are compensated with a forging reward. But refrain from using the cheapest VPS provider to maximize your profit: Besides harming the network, which includes your and other people’s coins, it will also make your profit drop due to its downtime.
It is your responsibility to choose a reputable provider that offers an uptime of 99,9%. Some of these provider are: Vultr.com, DigitalOcean.com, Netcup.de and OVH.com. While these are solid providers, we ask you to research for others, since Shift’s goal is decentralization.
Besides a high uptime, your VPS at least needs 2 CPU core and 2 GB RAM and a backup node. Due to the growth of the network, we recommend dedicated server. This would eliminate the risk of your VPS being unavailable because another VPS on your server is using extreme amounts of bandwidth or is pushing the CPU to its limits and it is obligatory for Shift’s further growth. In addition to that, you need to have solid experience with Shift and Linux. The best way of gaining and proving this, is through setting up a testnet (tShift) node first. You won’t get any money out of it, but it is becoming an important step to be competitive for the 101 mainnet positions.
While you can try using Shift with distributions like Debian or ArchLinux, it isn’t recommended to do so on the mainnet, since most scripts, Shift itself and the guides are well tested and build for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.